William was born about 1750.
He had been a barber in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and enlisted as an Artilleryman at the Battle of Monmouth, and subsequently helped to enforce a boycott of the Tea Act. He enlisted in the 4th Artillery of the Continental Army, and deployed to Valley Forge, where his wife was part of a group of followers who tended to the welfare of the soldiers.
William Hays was with the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment when, as part of George Washington's army, the Battle of Monmouth was fought with British troops on June 28, 1778. William (John) Hays' job was to load the cannon, wielding a ramrod. She later became known as Molly Pitcher. When he became incapacitated during the war, she took his place in battle. Her bravery was rewarded by General Washington, who gave her "a warrant as a non commissioned officer", she was known as "Sergeant Molly," from that time until she died.
William Hais, a barber, was assessed for tax in Carlisle, Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in 1786. His assessed property consisted of a house and lot, rented; a cow; and two houses and lots. In 1785, Wm Hays, no indication of occupation, is on a Carlisle tax roll with one house, rented; 1 Do (i.e., ditto, meaning a house), his own; and one cow.
William Hays died in 1789 as a result of his battle wounds.
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